Ridley Scott’s Gladiator aspires to be “Spartacus” by way of “The Godfather,” but its production values, moral intelligence and strong cast can’t overcome a certain trash-and-flash factor. Ridley directed it, but brother Tony’s spirit hovers nearby.
Qualifiers: I have never seen Cavalcade or The Broadway Melody.
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